Domestic Violence Charges Defense in Mesa AZ

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Domestic violence charges should always be taken very seriously. Arizona laws are very aggressive about domestic violence charges, and the penalties associated with these charges are severe. The State has the authority to charge and prosecute a person for domestic violence even if the alleged victim does not wish to pursue the case.

Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, provides criminal defense representation for anyone who has been charged with or is under investigation for a domestic violence crime. I understand that being convicted of this serious charge could change your life. I make sure that your rights are protected, and your side of the case is heard.

Domestic Violence Crimes Cases We Have Defended

There are many crimes that could be charged as domestic violence. The crime is the underlying charge; domestic violence is a qualifies that crime. Domestic violence is almost any criminal act of abuse committed by one “family or household member” against another. The crimes are not all violent in nature. Examples of such crimes include:

  • Assault
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Trespass
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Threatening or Intimidating
  • Endangerment
  • Violation of Restraining Orders
  • Harassment
  • Sexual assault
  • Abuse of a child or vulnerable adult
  • Unlawful restraint, unlawful imprisonment, or kidnapping
  • Stalking and
  • Manslaughter
  • Homicide

The penalties increase when the crime is one of domestic violence.. Make sure to protect your rights and seek legal representation.

Penalties for Domestic Violence Conviction

If you’re convicted of domestic violence as a first-time offender without any additional charges, you can expect the following penalties:

Misdemeanor Convictions:

  • Class 3 – Up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine up to $500
  • Class 2 – Up to four months in jail and/or a fine up to $750
  • Class 1 – Up to six months in jail and/or a fine up to $2,500

Felony Convictions

  • Class 6 – Prison term ranging from four months to 2 years, with a presumptive term of imprisonment for one year
  • Class 5 – Prison term ranging from six months to 2.5 years, with a presumptive term of imprisonment for 1.5 years
  • Class 4 – Prison term ranging from one year to 3.75 years, with a presumptive term of imprisonment for 2.5 years
  • Class 3 – Prison term ranging from 2 years to 8.75 years with a presumptive term of imprisonment for 3.5 years
  • Class 2 – Prison term from 3 years to 12.5 years, with a presumptive term of imprisonment for five years

If multiple charges or additional charges have been levied against you, you can expect more severe penalties.. If you have been previously convicted of any felony, you can expect an even substantially greater penalty as allowed by law..

Consequences of a DV Case Conviction

A domestic violence conviction will have many personal consequences outside of court penalties. If you are convicted of this charge, you may also face:

  • Limited visitation with your children
  • Loss of your rights for gun ownership
  • Notification of the conviction to professional licensing boards
  • If convicted of a felony, you may need to disclose this information on job and rental applications

A conviction of domestic violence will also place strain on personal relationships with friends and family, cause problems at your place of employment, and impact chances for job growth.

Why You Should Hire Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law

Attorney Robert A. Dodell understands the seriousness of facing a domestic violence charge. I understand that a conviction will affect all areas of your life and that having good legal representation will make a difference in the outcome of your case.

My law firm is compassionate and understanding. I am not here to pass judgment. I am here to protect your rights and help you build a solid case for your defense. I am here to make sure that your side of the story is heard and that your evidence is examined. I am here to protect your Constitutional right to a fair trial.

My law firm will investigate your case thoroughly and help you build a good defense for the charges against you. I will:

  • Review the arrest record and the events leading to the arrest
  • Interview witnesses
  • Review all evidence against you
  • Review all evidence in your favor
  • Aggressively represent your case in court

There is no reason that you should ever face city or justice courts in Mesa Arizona alone with such serious charges. Contact Robert A. Dodell, Attorney at Law, for quality criminal legal representation.


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